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    March 19, 2013
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not the strongest we've seen this season, but we'll take whatever we can. you can get more on nbcbayarea.com. more on your seven day in a few minutes. overseas, the ten-year anniversary of the anniversary of invasion in iraq is marked by new violence in baghdad. car bombings and suicide attacks inju killed 60 and injured 200. nbc's steve handelsman is live in washington, d.c., with more on the lasting effects of this iraq war. steve? >> reporter: janelle, thanks. this war has cost $2.2 trillion. without a tax hike, that drove us far into the red. but other numbers are more horrifying, roughly 800 americans lost limbs, many tens of thousands of more are fighting ptsd, dealing with traumatic brain injury, and the iraqis are still suffering. the wave of bombings in iraq
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marked the tenth anniversary. dozens died. this was last week, a bloody reminder of the human cost since march 19, 2003, when the first u.s. bombs fell. in the wake of 9/11, president bush and secretary of state colin powell made the case that saddam hussein was set to use weapons of mass destruction. the u.s. invasion was easy, but the mission was not accomplished by that may, even though some insist today u.s. forces did succeed. war planner douglas fife. >> saddam was in fact an extremely dangerous guy. >> martin dempsey. >> today we have in iraq a partner, not an adversary. >> reporter: but 2003 to 2008 was a nightmare of roadside bombs and civil war. a hard lesson. >> we went into iraq without a real plan for how to stabilize
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the place afterwards. >> reporter: 100,000 iraqis died. nearly 4500 americans lost their lives. many tens of thousands more suffered permanent physical and emotional injuries. illinois congresswoman tammy duckworth, a chopper pilot lost both legs. she said today the war is not over for veterans like her. >> suicides and mental health and untreated brain injuries. we will be taking care of these men and women for the next 60 years. >> reporter: 53% of americans now feet it was a u.s. mistake to send troops to iraq. ten years ago on this date. and the debate rages on over whether the iraq war made america safer or less safe. live from washington, i'm steve handelsman, nbc bay area news. >> thanks, steve. coming up at 6:00, we hear from a local war veteran about how the war changed his life. we'll tell you about a new lawsuit being filed in the bay area against former president
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george w. bush alleging the war violated international law. a tragic military accident near reno, nevada, an explosion during a training exercise has killed seven marines and injured several more. military officials say a mortar exploded as it was being set off during a live fire training exercise at the hawthorne army depot. last night's tragic accident has prompted a worldwide moratorium on the specific weapon until it's been determined that weapon is safe enough to continue using. bitter disappointment for dianne feinstein, her bill which creates a national ban on assault weapons was removed from the gun control legislation set to go before the full senate next month. senate majority leader harry reid told feinstein the ban will be offered as an amendment. experts say it had little chance of passage. feinstein awe co-authored the ban that expired after ten years. there were gasps in ohio
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courtroom as a confessed high school shooter insulted his victims' families by flashing them his middle finger. he also removed his button-down prison overshirt to reveal a "killer" shirt. peter lang pleaded guilty to killing students and wounding others. doctors say lang suffers from psychosis and ha louis naiss. lain does not have the possibility of parole. a follow-up to 0 a story we first brought you last night at 11:00. police are still investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting in san jose. a man was shot and killed after police say he tried to run over an officer with his car. the suspect died at the hospital. just before 7:00 last night, three san jose officers tried to pull over a stolen car, the suspect would not stop. instead, he drove into the back of an unmarked police car. the officer then got out and police say the suspect then tried to run him over.
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at that point, the officer opened fire. this happened on jair owe listen drive in an uncorporated area of east san jose. still ahead at 5:00, bottoms empacting the bottom line. the company pulling its bottoms for being too see-through. i'll show you the new way bay area doctors are able to reattach severed fingers. just because it was a one-time event for me, hopefully, it doesn't mean other people aren't going to go through that. >> he's paying it back by passing it on. he helps give the gift of life because he was saved. his story is part of our bay area proud series. and good afternoon. i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. we're tracking this storm tonight, rainfall developing offshore. we're tracking a few showers making it to the coastline. we'll have full details on how long this rain is going to stick around, come up in just a few minutes.
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less than a week he was elected by fellow card nalgs, hundreds of thousands poored into the square for naug ralg mass for pope francis. hundreds of thousands traveled to the vatican to be part of today's historic service including joe biden. it was his connection with the crowd that seemed to be so powerful and joining us from valt vatican is jay gray. he joins us live. jay? >> reporter: good evening, janel janelle. it was a mass draped in the traditions of the catholic faith, but since he's done since his election, he managed to weave his own special traditions into the celebration here. it was that connection with the crowd that made the biggest kifr difference it seemed. he rode into st. peter's square and then got out of the vehicle
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and actually mixed with those who had gathered hundreds of thousands from around the world shaking hands, kissing some of the faithful, stopg for a very special blessing. during his homily, he discussed what has been at the core of his papacy over the last few days, and that is taking care of the pour, those among us he says are needy or the weakest among us. he also at times seemed to refer to the problems the catholic church has been facing saying those in leadership positions must, quote, protect others. watch fourt them, it's a theme he referred to several times during that brief homily. after the mass was over, he actually met with the heads of state, including vice president biden who was leading the u.s. delegation here. now he begins the very difficult task that so many expect of him, reforming and repairing the catholic church. that is the latest live here in rome, janelle, back to you.
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>> thanks, jay. a story that hits home for anyone trying to manage aging parents, the alzheimer's association revealed a new report revealing how deadly the disease is. one in three adults over the age of 65 dies with alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia. but what the support finds is dying with alzheimer's and dying from alzheimer's are two totally different things. experts say dementia can ultimately be the final push even if it isn't the direct cause of death. in the united states, alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death. did you save anybody anyone's life today? it tess easier than you think. >> ask anyone who's donated blood. still only 10% eligible to donate do so. garvin thomas is here with tonight's bay area proud story about a south bay man working hard to raise that number. >> paul b. newman made a good point when we were talking. for all the advances in
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medicine, there's no widely available substitute for human blood. donations are literally a matter of life and death. what he's doing about it and why are at the heart of tonight's bay area proud. did you have an appointment today? >> new york i didn't. >> we're going to like your blood anyway. >> reporter: if you look it up in a biology textbook, you'll learn the average human heart pumps ten pints of blood through the body every minute of every day. >> go to the top of the stairs on the bus. >> reporter: which we found out would make paul b. newman by any measure above average. >> by giving one pint of blood you can literally save three lives. >> reporter: his heart is responsible, you see, for a lot more blood than that. >> you can only give blood about six times a year so i just try to encourage a lot of people to come do this. >> reporter: paul's story begins ten years ago along this stretch of highway 85 in the south bay. paul, and his 11-year-old son mitch, were in his truck when
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they were side-swiped by a driver going more than 100 miles an hour. they both remember only parts of what happened next. >> we both remember me reaching over, putting my hand on his chest,s and screaming, hold on, buddy, hold on! >> reporter: the truck rolled as many as five times. paul and his son were amazingly not seriously hurt. they were well enough, in fact, just a couple of weeks later to go and meet the paramedics who helped them. paul had thanks to deliver and a question to ask. >> i said, you know, what can somebody like me do to give back to the community like you guys do every day in your jobs? and absolutely in unison they both said, give blood as much as you can, did you bling blood with you today? >> reporter: by now, you figured out paul's definition of "as much as you can," is an awful lot. paul has been organizing two blood drives a year for the stanford blood center every year
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ever since the accident. >> thanks for coming to our tenth anniversary. >> reporter: his best guess is some 3,000 donors have given at one of his drives. >> just because it was a one-time event for me, hopefully, it doesn't mean that other people aren't going to go through that. so if we can do something to be there to help other people i think it's a wonderful thing. don't worry, you'll get cookies in a while. >> reporter: paul understands that not everyone is able to give as much as he has, but thinks almost everyone can give at least a little. >> what more important thing could you be doing today than donating blood. >> absolutely. >> interesting. one of the last faces you saw in that story was actually paul's brother ken. now, the tenth anniversary drive was held saturday. ken because of a childhood illness was one of those who wasn't able to give blood throughout his life, but the rules changed. he was finally able to give and this past sunday, paul's tenth anniversary drive, ken gave blood for the first time. special for both of them.
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>> thank you so much. i see rain on the radar. let's check in with chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. >> it is quickly approach, guys. we're going to start getting wet roadways throughout the peninsula and north coast first. eventually everyone will get some showers. let's stop the radar and what you'll be able to find as it scans around, there are innocence pockets developing here offshore about 60 miles. we think it will be strong enough to hold up here as it gets closer to the coastline throughout the next hour. again, a loop on this has it moving to the north and east at about 30 to 35 miles per hour. that would at this point put it in san francisco and points close in the next 50 to 56 minutes. so, again, if you're in san francisco, down the peninsula, also in the north bay, keep that umbrella handy and be prepared for wet roadways as we head throughout 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 tonight. speaking of rainfall, we've had a very lackluster 2013, look at these numbers, san jose with
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$1.47 this year, the average 8.35. that now puts us in a deficit for the calendar year at 6.88. so one of the driest calendar years on record in the bay area. let's get you outside to the live sky network. many of you will get less in san jose, a few raindrops will help the allergies and air quality. foster city, you can see pointed toward the coastline some of those shower cells we tracked offshore. that will eventually move in for you. and in san francisco we've had a little bit of drizzle off and on at the immediate coastline. eventually, yes, we'll get that rainfall here as well. let's get a look at tpattern. this area of low circulation is out in the pacific, associated cold front. the main thing driving all of this moisture right now is this subtropical push of moisture. this would normally produce 1 to 3 inches of rainfall, but it's lacking some of the upper level dynamics we mentioned yesterday so, yes, we're going to have a decent round of some rain, but
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it's not going to be the strongest storm of 2013. throughout the night, we'll get showers we tracked offshore moving across the bay area. by 11:00 p.m. tonight we'll get a small break. those of you in the north bay will likely have lingering showers, then we'll have a secondary round of some wet weather as we head throughout tomorrow morning. commuters on wednesday morning getting up 6:00, 7 p:00, 8:00, get ready for wet roadways across the bay area. and then we'll see these showers continuing into the early afternoon hours as well. highest totals expected up in the north bay, not nearly as much in the south bay, anywhere from trace amounts to a tenth of an inch expected. for tonight we'll go with 48 in santa rosa, 49 in san jose, and daytime highs on wednesday, cooler down in the low 60s here in san jose, 62, 63 in los gatos and also 60 in the castro valley, 62 in pleasanton, 62 in walnut creek. upper 50s to 60 in san francisco.
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dry weather returns on thursday into friday, sunshine is back, temperatures warm up for this weekend as we get mid-70s into sunday afternoon. that pollen will start to surge back up there as well. so for right now showers developing tonight and lingering at least through the early afternoon off and on through tomorrow. >> thank you, jeff. >> you're welcome. apparently too revealing for downward dog, that's the word from lululemon. the company is recalling most of their black yoga pants for being too sheer. the vancouver-based company says an issue with a supplier resulted in the nearly see-through black yoga pants. they've since been pulled and the company is offering a full refund or exchange for anyone who bought them. the recalled pants have a tighter fitting silhouette and were sold between march 1st and march 16th. back in a moment.
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it all happened so quickly when an oakland man severed his finger in a freak accident, one doctor told him his only option was amputation.
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he decided to get a second opinion, and that second opinion changed his life. nbc bay area's marianne favro is here to explain this story. >> surgeons have been able to reattach severed fingers for years, but what's new about this case is that they used nerves from a cadaver sparing the patient from another surgery to use his own nerve. for 49-year-old christopher sharp, playing the piano doesn't just offer him the gift of music, it's a wonderful reminder of another gift. he can still play despite severing his finger in a freak accident climbing a fence last july. >> i felt my arm lift up, and a fair amount of pain. and i pulled my hand down, and most of the soft tissue on my left ring finger was gone. >> he collected his finger and headed to the e.r. where a doctor gave him one option. >> the only alternative for me was to have the whole thing cut off. that is literally what i was
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told. >> sharp decideded to get a second opinion fast. so i came here to the bun ki clinic in san francisco known for pioneering the field of mic microsurgery. this surgeon reattached the finger using a skin graft from his wrist and used a new procedure where he grafted a nerve harvested from a cadavka sparing him an extra surgeon. >> using the cadaver nerves, you don't have a donor site so you don't have the permanent numbness, if you will, on the foot. and the operative time is also much less. >> it worked. as you can see from these photos, sharp's finger quickly began to heal. >> that's good. i think there has been some good bone healing. >> six months later, sharp can move his finger and feel some sensation. the computer programmer can even type on his laptop. the finger sparing surgery has enabled him once again to grasp the things he loves, from
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tickling his 5-year-old daughter to tickling the ivorys. cadaver grafts have also been used to help injured soldiers avoid amputation. in addition to fingers, this new approach has been use to reattach severed arms and legs. marianne favro, nbc bay area news. >> amazing what the local doctors are doing. thank you, marianne.
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santa clara will vote tonight on whether to give up collecting lots of tax money in order to entice the super bowl in giving the city super bowl l. >> you can participate in our flash survey by calling or texting 408-300-9222, 1 for yes,
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2 for no in regards to sabt at that clara giving up too much. >> see you during our next newscast. in the meantime, "nightly news" is next. thanks for joining you.
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deadly explosion in the nevada desert. seven u.s. marines killed. a half dozen more injured. tonight the investigation into what went wrong. up close and personal. with the new pope at the vatican today in the crowd at st. peter's. the new man in charge with a personal energy that hasn't been seen in that role in decades. fighting alzheimer's. a stunning new look at just how many americans have been stricken and the new way doctors are combatting the effects with a kind of pacemaker for your brain. and the new warning from nasa about something we right now can't do anything about. the asteroids they call city killers in the asteroid business. "nightly news" begins now. good evening. an explosion lit up the desert in nevada. the kind of thing we see in a war zone.
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it is why they train there for deployment in war zones, but this was stateside training. something went wrong at the hawthorne army depot not far from the california border. in the end, seven american families got the worst possible news. seven u.s. marines killed in a mortar accident. others were wounded. the investigation obviously under way now into what went wrong. nbc's miguel almaguer is with us from the scene tonight. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. the hawthorne army depot has been used for decades to store ammunition and train special forces. tonight the u.s. military says it's unclear what went wrong here. today, a somber salute to the seven killed and seven injured just outside the gates of nevada's hawthorne army depot. late monday night the service members were airlifted during a live training exercise. the marines say a 60 millimeter mortar round suddenly exploded in a mortar tube.